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erwin1978
05-01-2002, 01:57 AM
I don't understand this: I just used my computer a few hours ago and when I turned it on again, the monitor is f**cked up. This is the second time this happened and this 19" RIC monitor is a little over a year old. Is this what I get for paying less than $200 for a 19 incher?

When the computer is turned on and starts loading, the screen is squiggly and warped outward, like a fat-bellied man. Once it reaches the logon screen and shows the desktop, the squiggly is gone and the screen is a perfect rectangle again, but the extreme top and bottom portion of the screen are compressed. This becomes evident as you scroll text from top to bottom of the screen since the text gets larger when it reaches the center of the screen and gets smaller as it reaches the top or bottom of the screen.

I don't know if I should send it for repair again or just do it myself. If the shipping was free I would send it in, but for the price of shipping a 50lb monitor I would just as well get a new 17 inch monitor. I'll also have to wait until school is over.

Can anyone guide me to how to fix this, if it's as simple as replacing a resistor?

FA-MAS
05-01-2002, 03:30 AM
When the computer is turned on and starts loading, the screen is squiggly and warped outward, like a fat-bellied man. Once it reaches the logon screen and shows the desktop, the squiggly is gone and the screen is a perfect rectangle again, but the extreme top and bottom portion of the screen are compressed. This becomes evident as you scroll text from top to bottom of the screen since the text gets larger when it reaches the center of the screen and gets smaller as it reaches the top or bottom of the screen.

This part makes me think that it's the refresh rate that keeps causing your problems. What I would do is when it is messed up, hit whatever buttons on your monitor you need to get the refresh rate. Then see if it's outside the specs for your monitor. If it is, that would cause the problem, and could cause acutal hardware damage. Then find a way to limit the refresh rate.

Later

Mr. C
05-01-2002, 11:12 AM
sounds horrible:eek:

Yes, start with the basics.
Have you got the .inf for your specific monitor for the OS you are using. Check the manufacturers site for any updates.
The refresh rate is correct?
Have you tried a degaussing, can't hurt to give it a whirl after the other 2 are complete and satisfactory.

Best of luck to you erwin 1978

erwin1978
05-01-2002, 01:16 PM
Refresh rate is within parameters. Also, once Windows is fully loaded, I switch to 640x480 60Hz and the screen goes squiggly again. In all resolutions the screen compression is present, but only at 640x480 60Hz is the squiggly problem present.

I opened the monitor and of course I didn't know what to do but stare at the innards. I fooled around with the focus and brightness nobs but to no effect. I think the problem is with the relay. My monitor used to make clicking sounds when switching resolutions; it doesn't anymore.

erwin1978
05-05-2002, 01:49 AM
I'm wondering if the OS or the video card could cause a monitor to break?

Wiggo
05-05-2002, 12:04 PM
Only if your trying to force the monitor to display resolutions or refresh rates above those that the monitor is designed to handle. :smokin:
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hbidad
05-05-2002, 08:57 PM
Have you tried that monitor on another pc? Have you investigated your video card?

erwin1978
05-06-2002, 02:19 AM
Done all of that. My video card is OEM and I wonder if it's the culprit.

Mr. C
05-06-2002, 05:38 AM
What video card is it?

erwin1978
05-06-2002, 10:47 AM
Creative Geforce 256 DDR

Mr. C
05-06-2002, 12:03 PM
Checked for any driver updates lately.
Maybe just a reinstall of drivers, could be Windows got a bit fuzzy on those files.

zeradul
05-06-2002, 01:22 PM
Is this what I get for paying less than 0 for a 19 incher?
I was able to get my Samsung Syncmaster 950p brand new for 248$ shipped to my door, but I have never heard of the brand RIC??

My monitor does 1600 X 1200 in all the glory of 32 bit, @ 75Hz

I don't buy brand I've never heard of / haven't researched.

Corduroy
05-06-2002, 02:31 PM
Looks like Zeradul is taking yet another opportunity to brag about the deal he got on his Samsung 950p.

Just remember, I got mine cheaper! $230 Shipped punk!

I've seen this happen with other monitors and usually the condition only degrades if nothing is done, and usually the only thing that can be done is having it professionally serviced, which is more expensive than just buying a new monitor.

My best advice is to get on eBay and search for a new monitor.

hbidad
05-06-2002, 02:54 PM
c'mon pass on the info! Wherdya get it at?

erwin1978
05-07-2002, 01:10 AM
Actually the manufacturer is Pixie.

I guess I should've done my research instead of buying on first site. It was just to good of a price to pass up on a 19 incher even though the monitors were on the floor of the store instead of on the shelves like the well-known brands were.

This monitor is also quirky; in the manual it doesn't say anything about 1152x864. It just jumps from 1024x768 to 1280x1024. When I asked Pixie about this all they told me was don't use that resolution.

This monitor would be great otherwise. The screen is still bright and sharp and big. I wish I was a monitor fixer.:cackle:

T-Shirt
05-07-2002, 02:47 AM
Yes, that's part of the trade off in buying a cheap monitor.
Lower quality components fail more quikly/often.
And warrenty does not include return shipping:mad:

Since you say you don't know what you are looking at inside, close it up, and replace it / or pay a local repair shop for repairs!
The transformer/capasitors in your monitor are dangorous EVEN WHEN UNPLUGGED painful, even FATAL shocks can occur for days or weeks after unplugging.

zeradul
05-07-2002, 03:56 AM
Ya gotta watch ebay, and be patient and consistant. You need to know how ebay works, and be able to determine which sellers are safe to buy from.

Need I remind "Cord" that I was the finder of the auction that got him his monitor, not only that, I reminded him 3 times to be there for the end of the auction, it wasn't until the monitor was on his desk that he realized how good of a deal it was... :laugh:

That was last December. I got mine in November, and I found a lady selling two of them earlier last fall in Sept. for a different friend who got them both for 275$ shipped each. (I'm a big fan of samsung monitors)

If you need a top notch monitor NOW, get on ebay and pick a Trinitron Model you like. Watch them for a week, you will find one going in your price range. Be there for the last minutes of the auction and SNIPE IT! Samsungs are more rare, and so you have to watch quite a bit longer to get the deal you want (2-3 months+)

Sniping is more of a skill than most would think... lot of variables involved, it just takes practice and experience.

Mr. C
05-07-2002, 10:23 AM
Sound advice there T-Shirt, a monitor can whoop you real bad. Be doggone careful if you just for some reason think you need to be there:no:

And to zeradul, I just love eBay!
If you use the tools that eBay provides combined with patience it is absolutely amazing what deals you can get.
I bought a monitor there a few years back, to date it is still the largest purchase I've made there. I was holding my breath till it was delivered.
But I had the good fortune to have the right seller with the right product at the right time.

It's an ADI Duo -- probably been awhile since you heard of 1 of those huh? :laugh: But I really like it, it's the perfect monitor for me and my workstation.

erwin1978
05-08-2002, 12:59 AM
Ebay has been good to me since I sold a Sony PS2 for $500 there. That was when the PS2 just debuted, the craze was at it's peak, Christmas was on its way.

leo
05-08-2002, 04:40 AM
i paid 49.99 for my 19 inch Viewsonic and it works great...it was brandnew too, not even taken out of its case..baught it off some website..real sweet deal...got free shipping too.

zeradul
05-10-2002, 04:02 AM
That sounds really fishy leo...

hey HBIDAD...

Don't ya wish you were there for this one??? :eek: :eek: :crazy: :crazy:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2019215938

I usually prefer new items in this price range, but I would have bought from him I think, perfect feedback... And the price !! :eek:

zeradul
05-10-2002, 04:06 AM
OMG....

This one ended the SAME day... worse feedback (8?!) higher price, WTF?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2018443236

Exact same thing... haha lotta stupid people out there... this isn't uncommon on ebay, and thats where the deals happen.

erwin1978
05-10-2002, 05:43 AM
In winXP the monitor resolution can't go any lower than 800x600; do any of you get this, too? I'm wondering if this could have contributed to my problem.

Every week I hate winXP even more. I may have to revert to win2000.

sKuLLsHoT
05-10-2002, 10:07 AM
winxp is like that, once it knows you can do 800x600 you cant go back...

i would think that the compression you experience could possibly be fixed with the wave of a degauss wand. it sounds like the degauss part of your screen may be defective due to the clicking no longer being there when u switch res's. do you have a manual degauss option in the OSD or buttons on the monitor?

hbidad
05-10-2002, 11:32 AM
Oh shucks.....where was I on that one..... that was weird ...I was scanning through ebay for those monitors and didn't see those

erwin1978
05-11-2002, 01:00 AM
The degauss does not fix it. In about two weeks I'll be sending the monitor back for repairs.

erwin1978
05-11-2002, 01:45 AM
How come the "hide modes that this monitor cannot display," in the display settings, is sometimes greyed-out and sometimes it's not?

zeradul
05-13-2002, 06:45 PM
I was scanning through ebay for those monitors and didn't see those
That is the biggest secret in getting good deals... teaching yourself search tricks. My friends are amazed at the deals I find that they miss. Haha.. Just ask 'cord'

I'm afraid typing seach tricks is a very extensive task, which would probably only confuse you, so all I'll say is just study the options available and learn to use the tools ebay gives you. You'll get it..